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Sayreville man sentenced to life plus 35 years for killing stranger because he was white

Jamil Hubbard, 30, was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison plus an additional 35 years for the killing of 56-year-old Jerry Wolkowitz.

News 12 Staff

Apr 26, 2023, 8:18 PM

Updated 444 days ago

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A Sayreville man will spend the rest of his life in prison for running down another man because that man was white.
Jamil Hubbard, 30, was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison plus an additional 35 years for the killing of 56-year-old Jerry Wolkowitz.
The incident happened on May 1, 2018 in the parking lot of the Chesterfield Apartments in Freehold. Authorities say that Hubbard got into an argument with his ex-girlfriend the night before and slept in his car.
The Middlesex County prosecutor says, “When [Hubbard] woke up, he told investigators, he spotted Wolkowitz walking nearby and decided to try to kill him because he was white.” Hubbard is Black.
Authorities say that Hubbard initially attacked Wolkowitz from behind with punches and kicks before stealing his wallet and car keys. He also told investigators he dragged the victim into the parking lot and ran him over with his car.
“There is no place in civilized society for those who commit such acts, and the only appropriate reckoning in cases such as these is their permanent removal from society,” Prosecutor Raymond Santiago wrote in a statement.
Wolkowitz was in a coma for several months after the attack and died on Oct. 18, 2018. He was a longtime member of the Freehold First Aid and Emergency Squad and also worked as a freelance photographer.
Hubbard was convicted in November on several charges, including murder, bias intimidation, eluding and theft.


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